A. Extension of Stay or Change of Status

USCIS officers may receive an application for a change of status to that of a foreign information media representative nonimmigrant, or a request from a foreign information media representative nonimmigrant to change employers or information medium.

The applicant applies for a change of status or extension of stay by filing an Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539) together with evidence of current status and evidence from the employing media organization describing the employment and establishing that the applicant is a bona fide representative of that foreign media organization.

When reviewing a Form I-539 application involving a foreign information media representative, the officer must ensure the applicant:

Meets or continues to meet all the eligibility requirements for the foreign information media representative visa classification;

Is admissible to the United States; [1] See INA 248(a). See 8 CFR 214.1(a)(3)(i). See Volume 8, Admissibility [8 USCIS-PM]. and

Has not violated any terms or conditions of his or her current nonimmigrant status. [2] See 8 CFR 214.2(i). See 8 CFR 214.1(c)(4) and 8 CFR 248.1(b).

B. Approvals

If the applicant properly filed the Form I-539 application, meets all the eligibility requirements, and satisfies all the admission requirements, the officer may approve the application.

The table below provides a list of the classifications for foreign information media representatives. The code of admission is “I-1” for all eligible classes of applicants.

Classes of Applicants & Corresponding Codes of Admission

Applicant

Code of Admission

Foreign Information Media Representative (Principal)

I-1

Spouse of a Principal Foreign Information Media Representative

I-1

Child of a Principal Foreign Information Media Representative

I-1

C. Denials, Motions to Reopen, and Motions to Reconsider

If the applicant does not provide sufficient evidence to establish eligibility for status as a foreign information media representative, the officer prepares a denial notice explaining the specific reasons for the denial. If USCIS denies an application, the applicant may file a Motion to Reopen and/or Reconsider (Form I-290B).

There is no appeal from a denial of an application to change status or extend stay as a foreign information media representative. [3] See 8 CFR 214.1(c)(5). See 8 CFR 248.3(g). In certain situations, USCIS may certify the matter to the Administrative Appeals Office. [4] See 8 CFR 103.4.

Footnotes


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See INA 248(a). See 8 CFR 214.1(a)(3)(i). See Volume 8, Admissibility [8 USCIS-PM].

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See 8 CFR 103.4.